Valeka Holt

Valeka H.

Oxford, GA

Lesson Details

Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Have you always had that itch that makes you stay up late a night dreaming about what your life could be if you followed your dreams? Is your child overly dramatic and they need a creative outlet? No fear, Valeka is here. I'm a professional broadway, tv and film actress. I have over 10 years of experience in teaching acting and I want to teach you how to be comfortable in your skin and follow your dreams!

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About

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Valeka delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2006

Affectionately known as “Vivacious V” Valeka J Holt is a critically acclaimed artist! She’s a professor at Georgia College where she teaches acting, content creation and solo show writing. A recent ATL transplant from DC, Valeka has quickly become an ATL favorite. She’s a member of the acting and playwright company at Working Title Playwrights, screened her award-winning film at Screening Room ATL, and has participated in workshops and readings at True Colors, Alliance and Horizon Theatre Companies! 


DC credits include: Nina in “Sunset Baby." Broadway world states: "Valeka J. Holt is astonishing. I predict a great future is ahead of her. One gets to see her transformation from the hardened criminal to that of a young woman who has just lost her mother, when she strips herself from her make-up, wig, and clothes into a bathrobe, sits on her couch, covers herself in a wrap which was covering the couch and weeps. It's a powerful moment."

Penny in “Father Comes Home from the Wars” at Roundhouse Theatre. The Washington Post’s states “Early receives stalwart support from an ensemble that includes, most notably, Valeka J. Holt as Penny, who, like Odysseus’s Penelope, perseveres valiantly while her man is away. 
DCist states, “Holt is so emotionally invested in her character that by play’s end you feel that you might be watching a very real moment of personal unraveling. A dead ringer for Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba in artistic skill, Holt is a pleasure to watch.  


Other praised performances include her work as Ruth in The Tony Award Winning Arena Stage’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun."

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Experience

Acting Professor
Aug 2018 - Present
Georgia College & State University

Acting Professor and Mentor

Acting Teacher
Jan 2013 - Present
Private Studios

• Audition Techniques:
-Students learn (through sensory work) how to create the world of the play when they’re in the audition room.
-Selecting the correct material.
• Introduction to Acting: Teaching the basics:
-Etudes, given circumstances, beats, actions, tactics, obstacles, sub text, the arc, themes, the inner monologue, and back story.
• Shakespeare with a Flare:
-How to break down the language and not be intimidated by the structure.
-Freeing Shakespeare through connecting your breath and thought.
-How to turn Shakespeare’s language into your vernacular and understanding the punctuation (punctuation will lead to the discovery of the characters emotional state)
• Sensory Development:
-Using psychophysical history to create characters, history and circumstances.
• Suzuki: Teaching actors how to build an awareness of their bodies, especially their center.
• Viewpoints: Teaching actors how to create ensembles, composition work and organic movement for the stage.

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Acting Professor
Aug 2015 - Mar 2016
Montgomery College

• Fundamentals of Acting:
-An introduction to basic acting skills.
-Exercises in speech, movement and imagination.

Acting Teacher
Sep 2014 - Jan 2016
Folger Shakespeare Library

• Students learn the fundamentals of deciphering classical language and making it their own.
• Adapting Shakespearean plays for modern audiences.
• Directing students in their adaptation of a Shakespearean play.

Acting Professor
Sep 2010 - May 2012
The University of Washington, Seattle

• Taught students The American "Method," based on principles of Stanislavsky and The American evolution of his method. Development of basic acting skills through monologue work.
• Taught students the skill set to prepare audition materials and scene work within the context of entire the play.
• Contributed to the development and revision of course content and instructional materials.
• Conducted evaluations of student performances and assigned grades on the basis of such evaluations.
• Provided students with academic and career advisement.
• Textbook and equipment selection.
• Weekly Lectures that orchestrated the focus of the week and provided tangible examples for the students.
• Administered Mid Terms and Final Exams.

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Education

Master of Fine Arts in Acting
Aug 2009 - Jun 2012
The University Washington
English and Theatre Performance
Aug 2000 - May 2004
Norfolk State University

Awards

Best Supporting Actress Nominee
Mar 2016
Maryland Theatre Guide Critics Choice
Best Actress Award
Mar 2015
Maryland Theatre Guide Critics Choice

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Mar 2015

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Drama Reel
One Woman Show Performance in London England

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Actor Robert Deniro and Actress Valeka J Holt
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5 Reviews

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Isabella L. May 12, 2018
Acting · Online

Valeka is an excellent teacher! Her encouraging words and energetic attitude encouraged me to dig deep, step outside my comfort zone and go big. Her great acting advice helped me tremendously prepare for a role I had in a play. She helped me with confidence and understanding each scene. I received many great reviews after the show and I am thankful to Valeka for this.

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Janelle Oct 19, 2017
Film and TV Acting · Online

I don't normally write reviews for services, but a class with Valeka is worth a review! I opted for an online coaching medium because of my schedule, and Valeka was very professional, warm, responsive and very prompt. She takes the time to understand how she can help you be your best! That level of attention to detail was so important to me, since I was new to this medium.

If you're looking for an acting coach, do yourself a favor and reach out!

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Kim Oct 18, 2017
Acting · Online

Finding an Acting Coach in Los Angeles is a daunting and overwhelming process. For me, I set out to find someone who's approach resonated with me as well as pushed and challenged me, helping me deepen my craft and boost my self-confidence. I needed to find a coach with whom I could form a relationship, who could provide an environment where I felt comfortable to receive feedback, to allow myself to be vulnerable and to take risks. I wanted a coach who could facilitate growth and help take my career to the next level. And, of course, I wanted to find someone who is qualified and knows what they are doing. Valeka was recommended through a fellow actor, and it was the best referral ever! Her knowledge is incredible and she is always willing to help. Since working with Valeka, I have been constantly going on auditions and FINALLY getting called back. I can't recommend Valeka enough, and if my word is not enough, reach out to her. You won't be sorry!

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Morgan Oct 17, 2017
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Book Valeka ASAP! I came to Valeka for coaching to audition for a MFA acting program. I was determined to get my masters and Valeka was determined to push me to my fullest potential. I was accepted into USC and Calarts, two of the top MFA acting programs in the country. Calarts didn't even make me do a call back they accepted me on the spot. Revealing that I was the best hey had seen all weekend. Valeka helped me to choose my pieces, perfect them, and believe in myself. Couldn't have done it without her!

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Alyse Oct 16, 2017
Acting · In studio

Valeka is AMAZING! Not only have I attended her workshop but she has also personally coached me on set. She will assist you in exploring your character (their intentions, backstory, etc.) so you can completely embody who that character is at the core. Valeka is an inspiring, supportive coach that will pull the best performance out of you. If you are looking for an acting coach that will build you up to your full potential as an actor, Valeka is the one for you!

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